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Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Books 1967-1998

Series II: Correspondence 1953-2008

Series III: Courses 1972-2004

Series IV: Biographical and Personal 1969-1990

Series V: Correspondence, 2008-2009

Series VI: Book - "Books and the British Army in the age of the American Revolution," 1998-2010

Series VII: Book - Warfare in the Western World

Series VIII: Correspondence and appointment books, 2010-2011

Series IX: Service and honors at Rice University

Series X: Biographical and Personal, continued

Series XI: Addendum

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Ira Gruber academic papers, 1953-2013 UA 204



creator Gruber, Ira D., Dr., 1934-
Title: Ira Gruber academic papers
Dates: 1953-2013
Abstract Collection contains the academic writings, professional and personal correspondence, courses taught, and biographical information of Ira Gruber before and while a professor of History at Rice University.
Identification: UA 204
Quantity: 20.25 linear ft. (20 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical Note

Ira Gruber was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania January 6, 1934. Pottstown Pennsylvania was the town of residence. In 1951 Ira Gruber began studies at Duke University. While at Duke University Ira Gruber was a part of the United States Naval Reserve. July of 1955 Ira Gruber was called to active duty. He served on the USS Wiltsie were he was appointed a crypto security officer. Ira Gruber was released of active duty June 1957. Ira Gruber completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University (1955), and also received his PhD from Duke in 1961.

In 1961-62 Dr. Gruber was an instructor of history at Duke University. 1962-65 Dr. Gruber was a fellow at the Institute of Early American History and Culture. 1965-66 Dr. Gruber was an assistant professor of History at Occidental College. 1966 to 2008 Ira Gruber was professor of history at Rice University (Houston). During the time at Rice, Dr. Gruber was Masterson Department of History Chair from 1983-87. Rice University being a residential college system, Dr. Gruber served as Hanszen College Master from 1968-73. In 1979 Dr. Gruber held the position of John F. Morrison Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. This position was as a visiting professor and ended in 1980. Dr. Gruber took another visiting professor position with the U.S. Military Academy in 1984-85. Ira Gruber retired from Rice University in 2008.

Ira Gruber received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching twice, once in 1974 and again in 2001. While publishing many articles, this major writings have been on Early American History and Warfare. His major books are: The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, Warfare in Western World: Military Operations Since 1871, and John Peebles' American War: The Diary of a Scottish Grenadier.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Ira Gruber Papers from 1953 – 2013 include correspondence of faculty meetings, recommendations on faculty and graduate students, personal letters, course development, and professional writings. Papers on the development and revisions of his three major writings, The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, Warfare in Western World: Military Operations Since 1871, John Peebles' American War: The Diary of a Scottish Grenadier and Books and the British Army at the Time of the American Revolution . Also contained in this collection are Ira Gruber’s papers on the courses he developed and taught including notes and exams. The papers and correspondence on his service for development of course distribution credit, faculty handbook, and professional vitae. Personal appointment calendars and papers dealing with his involvement in the Champions Golf Club are also contained within collection.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access Note

This material is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects
College teachers
Education
Rice University--History
Soldiers--Correspondence
Universities and colleges
War
Places
Houston (Tex.)--History.

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Administrative Information

Perferred Citation Note

Ira Gruber Academic Career papers, 1953-2013, UA 204 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

This collection was donated by Dr. Ira Gruber in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Books 1967-1998
6.0 linear ft.
General Physical Description note (4 boxes and 1 oversized box)

Box Folder
1 1 Reference Materials for The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution
2 Maps for The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, 1971
3 Correspondence RE: Howe Brothers and North Ministry, 1967-1971
4 Search for Howe MSS in U.S., 1962-1963
5 Spelling, Capitalization, Usage
6 Guides and Notes for preparing typescript, 1961, 1968
7 M.S. Version I: The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution
8 Howe Brothers scaffolding IV-VII
9 Howe Brothers scaffolding VIII-IX
10 Howe Brothers scaffolding X-XII, 1969
11 Essays on Selected Sources
12 M.S. Version II: The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution
13 Howe Brothers Precis of M.S. chapter by chapter
14 Howe Brothers M.S. II
15 Howe Brothers M.S. III
16 Howe Brothers M.S. IV
17 Howe Brothers M.S. V
18 Howe Brothers M.S. VI
19 Howe Brothers M.S. VII
20 Howe Brothers M.S. VIII
21 Howe Brothers M.S. IX
22 Howe Brothers M.S. X
23 Howe Brothers M.S. XI
24 Howe Brothers M.S. XII
25 Index: The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution
26 Index II: The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, 1972
27 Reviews of The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, Royalities Reports, 1972-2000
Box Folder
2 1 Reference Materials for Warfare in the Western World, 1991-1994
2 Heath Text, Early Correspondence, 1985
3 Heath, History of Art of War: current critical discussion of the argument, 1990-1995
4 Correspondence RE: Proofreading Warfare in Western World, 1994-1997
5 Standardized Spellings: Heath Text
6 M.S. I “Scaffolding” - Warfare in the Western World
7 Scaffolding ch. 1: Gustavus Adolphus and the Military Revolution
8 Scaffolding ch. II
9 Outline ch. III
10 Scaffolding III: Limited War in Europe 1714-1763
11 Scaffolding ch. IV: USMA (United States Military Academy) Text
12 Scaffolding ch. V USMA
13 Scaffolding, September 1994
14 Drafts of maps for USMA: text ch. I-V, 1994
15 Suggestions for revisions: IG's draft USMA text, 1991-1992
16 1st version 1989: Gustavus Adolphus and the Military Revolution
17 Working Draft ch. II
18 Residue Composition USMA: ch. III
19 Typescript ch. III
20 Draft ch. IV: USMA text
21 Working Typescript ch. IV: USMA
22 Working Typescript ch. V
23 M.S. Draft ch. V: USMA
Box Folder
3 1 M.S. ch. I-IV, Warfare in the Western World: Used in course Hist. 382, 1993
2 Typescript: Warfare in the Western World
3 Final Typescript: Warfare in the Western World, 1994
4 Illustrations: Health ch. I-V, 1994
5 Research/Correspondence on John Peebles
6 John Peebles: Correspondence with Army Records Society, 1993-1998
7 John Peebles Journal ch. 1-2
8 John Peebles Journal ch. 3-4
9 John Peebles Journal ch. 5-6
10 John Peebles Journal ch. 7-10
11 John Peebles Journal ch. 11-12
12 John Peebles Journal ch. 13-14
13 Draft 1: John Peebles
14 Additions, corrections for Peebles; Am W Sept. 1996 - Feb. 1997
15 Draft 2: John Peebles
16 John Peebles corrected ch. 1-3
Box Folder
4 1 Draft 2: John Peebles (con't)
2 Peebles Corrected Typescript 7-10
3 Peebles Corrected ch. 11-14
4 Peebles Footnotes
5 Appendix "A:" Biographical Sketches
6 Peebles Appendix "B"
7 Catalogue of Omissions: Appendix "C" Peebles Notebook
8 Peebles Additions and Corrections, February 1997
9 Peebles Maps
10 Typescript , John Peebles
11 John Peebles: Appendix and Index
12 John Peebles Edited Proof; 1 of 3, 1997
13 John Peebles Edited Proof, 2 of 3, 1997
14 John Peebles Edited Proof, 3 of 3, 1997
15 John Peebles 1st Page Proof, 1 of 3, 1997
16 John Peebles 1st Page Proof, 2 of 3, 1997
17 John Peebles 1st Page Proof, 3 of 3, 1997
18 John Peebles 3rd Page Proof, 1 of 3, 1997
19 John Peebles 3rd Page Proof, 2 of 3, 1997
20 John Peebles 3rd Page Proof, 3 of 3, 1997
Box Folder
15 - Oversize: Galley of the Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, 1972

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Series II: Correspondence 1953-2008
7.0 linear ft.
General Physical Description note (7 boxes)

Box Folder
5 1 Personal Correspondence, 1953-1958
2 Naval Service Records, 1955-1957
3 Resignation from Naval Reserves 1-55-1968
4 I. Gruber, USS Wiltsie, 1955-1956, 2008
5 Personal and General Correspondence, 1959-1961
6 Correspondence, 1962
7 Correspondence, Jan - May 1963
8 Correspondence, June - Dec. 1963
9 Correspondence, Jan - Dec 1964
10 Correspondence, 1965
11 Correspondence, Jan 1965
12 Correspondence, 1967
13 Correspondence, 1968
Box Folder
6 1 Correspondence, 1969
2 Correspondence, 1970
3 Correspondence, 1971
4 Correspondence, 1972
5 Correspondence, 1973
6 Correspondence, 1974 1 of 2
7 Correspondence, 1974 2 of 2
8 Correspondence, 1975
9 Correspondence, 1976
10 Correspondence, 1977
Box Folder
7 1 Correspondence, 1978
2 Correspondence, 1979
3 Correspondence, 1979-1980
4 Correspondence RE: 5700 Pine Street, 1979-1980
5 Correspondence, 1980
6 Correspondence, 1981
7 Accounting for Research in Britian, 1981
8 England, 1983
9 Correspondence, June 1981
10 Letters: Aug - Dec 1981
11 Correspondence, 1982
12 Correspondence, 1983
Box Folder
8 1 Correspondence, 1984
2 West Point, 1984-1985
3 Correspondence, 1985
4 Rice Alumni Trip to Rev. VA, Nov 1985
5 Correspondence, 1986
6 Correspondence, 1987
7 Correspondence, 1988
8 Correspondence, 1989
9 Correspondence, 1990
10 Correspondence, 1991
11 Correspondence, 1992
12 West Point, 1992-1993
Box Folder
9 1 Correspondence, 1993
2 DAHAC (Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee, 1993
3 Correspondence, 1994
4 Correspondence, 1995
5 Correspondence, 1996
6 FLL Memorial, Oct 17 1996 - Oct 23 1998
7 Correspondence, 1997
8 Correspondence, 1998
9 Library Pruning, 1998
10 Faculty Handbook, Correspondence, and Minutes (Ad Hoc Committee), 1996-1998
11 Suggestions for Changes in Faculty Handbook (FHB), 1998-1999
Box Folder
10 1 NOD Committee (Night of Decadence student party), Feb 1999
2 Correspondence, 1999
3 Rev. War NPS Advisory Board, 2000-2001
4 Correspondence, 2000
5 US Legal, 2000-2001
6 Correspondence, 2001
7 Correspondence, 2002
8 Correspondence, 2002
9 Honor Council Appeal Board, 2003
10 Master of Liberal Studies, 2003
11 Correspondence, 2003
12 Wildenthal, 2003-2007
13 Seed, 2004
14 Correspondence, 2004
15 Seed Contract, 2004
16 Masters/RA Selection Committee, 2005
17 Correspondence, 2005
18 Masters/RA Selection Commitee, Residue 2005
Box Folder
11 1 Correspondence, 2006
2 South Asia Search, 2006-2007
3 US Senior Search, 2007
4 Correspondence, 2007
5 AAUP, 2008
6 Correspondence, 2008

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Series III: Courses 1972-2004
2.0 linear ft.
General Physical Description note (2 boxes)

Box Folder
12 1 History 293/393: The Art of War, 2003-2004
2 History 293/393: Section Preferences Spring 2004
3 History 293/393: Examinations, Syllabi, 1976-2004
4 History 293/393: Lectures Part 1, 2004
5 History 293/393: Lectures Part 2, 2004
6 History 293/393: Lectures Part 3, 2004
7 History 294/394: War in the Modern World, 2003
8 History 294/394: Section Preferences, 2003
9 History 294/394: Syllabi, Exams, 1983-2001
10 History 294/394: Lectures Part 1, 1983-2001
11 History 294/394: Lectures Part 2, 1983-2001
12 History 294/394: Lectures Part 3, 1983-2001
13 History 403 404, 2003-2004
14 History 466b: Spring 1972 (Papers)
15 History 466: Syllabi, 1985-2002
16 History 466: American Revolution, 2002-2003
17 History 515
18 History 515/516: Readings in Military History, 1995 2004
19 History 546: Graduate Reading Seminar in Military History, 2004
20 History 566: War and Revolution, 2003
21 Course Evaluations, 1993-1994
Box Folder
13 1 Submissions for Distribution Credit; 1 of 6, 1999
2 Submissions for Distribution Credit; 2 of 6, 1999
3 Submissions for Distribution Credit; 3 of 6, 1999
4 Submissions for Distribution Credit; 4 of 6, 1999
5 Submissions for Distribution Credit; 5 of 6, 1999
6 Submissions for Distribution Credit; 6 of 6, 1999
7 Proposals for Distribution Credit; 1 of 2, 2000
8 Proposals for Distribution Credit; 2 of 2, 2000
9 Distribution Course Requests; 1 of 3, 2001
10 Distribution Course Requests; 2 of 3, 2001
11 Distribution Course Requests; 3 of 3, 2001
12 Distribution Course Committee Correspondence; 1 of 4, 1999-2001
13 Distribution Course Committee Correspondence; 2 of 4, 1999-2001
14 Distribution Course Committee Correspondence; 3 of 4, 1999-2001
15 Distribution Course Committee Correspondence; 4 of 4, 1999-2001

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Series IV: Biographical and Personal 1969-1990
1.0 linear ft.
General Physical Description note (1 box)

Box Folder
14 1 Vitae, 1967-1990
2 Golf Club, 2001-2002, 2006-2007
3 Journal of Military History, 1996-2009
4 College System, 1956, 1986-1997
5 HISD - Rice Seminar: American History; Fall 2002, 2003
6 History Department Meetings and Minutes, 2005 Policies
7 Faculty Handbook; 1 of 4, 1996-1997
8 Faculty Handbook; 2 of 4, 1996-1997
9 Faculty Handbook; 3 of 4, 1996-1997
10 Faculty Handbook; 4 of 4, 1996-1997
11 Appointment Books; 1 of 5, 1969-1978
12 Appointment Books; 2 of 5, 1979-1985
13 Appointment Books; 3 of 5, 1986-1993
14 Appointment Books; 4 of 5, 1994-2001
15 Appointment Books; 5 of 5, 2002-2008
16 Photographs, 1982-2004
Box Folder
16 1 Vitae, 2010
2 Appointment book, 2009
3 Jameson Fellowship, 1997-2004

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Series V: Correspondence, 2008-2009

Box Folder
16 4 Correspondence, 2008-2009

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Series VI: Book - "Books and the British Army in the age of the American Revolution," 1998-2010

Box Folder
16 5 Correspondence, University of North Carolina Press, 2006-2010
6 Correspondence, general, 1998-2006
7 Introduction: ideas for composition, from research notes
8 Title, map, preface, contents and illustrations
9 Revisions to Books on War
10 Introduction:residue from composition
11 Introduction: endnotes
12 Scaffolding for essays on officers and their books, Part I
13 Residue from composition, officers and their libraries, Part I
14 Scaffolding for Books Preferred, bibliography, Part II
15 Books Preferred: Sale Catalogues, Part II
16 Residue composition: Books Preferred, Part II
17 Scaffolding: Books not Taken, Part III
18 Appendices A-E
19 Proofreading notes
20 Index
Box Folder
17 1 First complete text, 2006
2 Revised typescript, 2008
3 Copy edited typescript with corrections, Feb. 2010
4 Page proofs with corrections, July 2010

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Series VII: Book - Warfare in the Western World

Box Folder
17 5 Revision notes and correspondence, 2005-2009

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Series VIII: Correspondence and appointment books, 2010-2011

Box Folder
18 1 Appointment books, 2010-2011
2 Correspondence, 2010
3 Correspondence, 2011

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Series IX: Service and honors at Rice University

Box Folder
18 4 Newsclippings regarding service to Rice Estate and Gift planning 2010, Faculty Planning Handbook committee 1996-1998, and Dr. Gruber's high school alma mater, the Hill School (2010)
5 Dr. Gruber's George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001
6 Dr. Gruber's George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, 2003
Box Folder
19 1 Scroll honoring Dr. Gruber as the Harris Masterson Jr. Chair in History

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Series X: Biographical and Personal, continued

Box Folder
19 2 The Hill School (high school alma mater) diploma, June 3, 1951
3 United States Army Command and General Staff College certificate for service as John F. Morrison Visiting Professor of Military History, July 1979-June 1980
3 Photograph of Gruber on staff of Destroyer Squadron Five, USS Rowan (left to right: Ensign Ira Gruber, Lieutenant (unnamed), Lietenant Waldo, Captain H. P. Weatherwax. Circa 1957.
3 Council and Staff of the Institute of Early American History & Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, Spring 1963, including Ira Gruber
4 Family photos at Hanszen House including Gruber children, Talarah, Anna and Conrad, ca. 1968-1969
4 Gruber family at Hanzsen House being formally summoned to an event, ca. 1973
4 Original score composed for Patricia and Ira Gruber's wedding, Sept. 13, 1958, by Robert Browne, who subsequently changed his name to Blaine Butler
4 Portrait of Ira Gruber by Walton, April 1976, during Bicentennial of American Revolution
4 Patricia and Ira Gruber at Duke University Commencement, June 1961
5 Ira Gruber competing in U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Seattle, WA, circa SUmmer 1952, while a sophomore at Duke University (photograph)
5 Newsclippings regarding Gruber's golf competition, 1952
6 U.S. Army Commander's Award for Public Service, awarded to Ira Gruber, 1980 (including photographs), 1993, 1996,
6 Appointment of Ira Gruber as a Reserve Officer in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign, 1955

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Series XI: Addendum

Box Folder
20 1 Correspondence 2013
2 Daily planner 2013
3 Graduate essays and papers 1958-1961
4 Undergraduate essays and papers 1953-1955

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